While I usually talk about Canadian music, this week I’m reaching across the pond for a bit of Northern England. Every once in a while you hear a song that is just so new and exciting that you want to tell the world about it. For me, right now, the song in question is “Waiting in the Shadows in the Dead of Night” by Little Comets, off their brand new album Life Is Elsewhere.
I first heard Little Comets in the fall of 2009, when the 3-piece from Newcastle had some catchy, album-less singles “One Night In October” and “Adultery”. They’ve grown up a lot since then, and their new album has taken their sound to stadium-rock proportions, reminiscent of the best 80’s music you’ve ever heard.
But man oh man, THIS SONG! Singer Robert Coles’ almost-always-breaking voice, the sweeping and bending guitars, the shuffling, heavy dub-style drumming, it’s all fantastic. I’m usually a stickler for lyrics, but I honestly have no idea what this song is about, and I’ve listened to it easily 50 times. And it doesn’t matter. The atmosphere it creates is so refreshing that you’ll soon be tracking down everything these guys have ever recorded. And I strongly recommend that you do just that.